VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The numbers are in and 25,000 lbs. of food was collected for Second Harvest this year in Southeastern Federal Credit Union's 2nd annual "Fill A Truck For Hunger" campaign.
"I'm pleased to tell you today that once again our community has come forth and donated sufficient food and monetary gifts to, in fact, fill a tractor trailer full of food," said Southeastern Federal Credit Union CEO Mike Gudley.
A ceremony was held at the credit union's main office in Valdosta today to wrap up the campaign, which ran from September 1st through September 30th.
"To see Valdosta and Lowndes County come together and achieve this for a second year is really gratifying," said Second Harvest Chief Marketing Officer Eliza McCall.
Southeastern Federal Credit Union will also be making a monetary donation for an additional 25,000 lbs. of food, which Second Harvest's Chief Marketing Officer says is especially important right now.
"Our shelves are pretty bare right now after the rush of Summer and going into the holidays," explained McCall.
She says the donated food will help the food bank generate around 42,000 meals for families in need in south Georgia, like the meals that the food bank provides during its annual community Thanksgiving meal giveaway.
"[The collected food is] going to make a tremendous impact as we go into the holidays; to help people provide for Thanksgiving dinners as weather gets cold and people have concerns about paying for heat or Christmas," McCall emphasized.
She says she expects to purchase the other truckload worth of food in the next few weeks.